Transportation is the lifeblood of any economy. Transportation efficiencies, including adequate infrastructure and sound regulatory policies, can contribute greatly to national economic growth and competitiveness. At present, our transportation infrastructure is in a state of disrepair. The safe and efficient movement of freight and people across our country over land, water, or by air requires a renewed commitment to the maintenance and expansion of our transportation infrastructure.

1.01. National Transportation Policy

The NAM supports transportation policies that:

• Emphasize safety. The public welfare—including the protection of life, property and productivity—warrants reasonable expenditures and regulations to address identified safety concerns in a cost-beneficial manner.

• Ensure U.S. manufacturing competitiveness by providing increased federal, state and local funding for maintaining, improving and expanding public infrastructure. Excise taxes and other fees charged directly for transportation-related development should be used for transportation-related infrastructure expenses. Alternative financing mechanisms including public-private partnerships, where appropriate, should be encouraged.

• Recognize that competition in a free marketplace is the best regulator of prices and services. When government regulation is necessary, it should promote, encourage, preserve and rely upon competition to the largest extent possible; should be administered fairly and efficiently; and should ensure adequate and reasonable compensation for private investment. State laws and regulations must recognize and concede to the inherent interstate local and international nature of most transportation movements, and refrain from imposing policies that hinder the free flow of goods.

• Promote efficiency, particularly intermodal movements and efforts to facilitate supply chains. To this end, the NAM supports innovative programs and the use of technology to assist in the efficient, economical movement of goods.

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